Thursday, August 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Korean trekker dead
Hamirpur ravaged by rain
Our Correspondent

Kulu, August 15
A Korean national was reportedly killed near the Beas kund, (13500-feet high) while he was returning from a trek along with six others.

The seven-member team of Korean nationals, including four women, was on a trek to the Beas kund near the Rohtang Pass.

Mr N. Venugopal, Superintendent of Police, said two male members, Zeo Kang Till (29) and Fang Zong (26), were reported "missing”. Later, it was confirmed that one of them had died due to a head injury.

The police chief said a police team under the guidance of the Mountaineering Institute, Manali, had rushed to the spot for search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, incessant rains during the past three days has damaged government and private property worth seven crores in Hamirpur district. This was stated by Mr Rajeev Shanker Sharma, officiating Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur.

Mr Sharma said as per the preliminary reports, the major loss had been caused to the Department of Public Works followed by the Department of Irrigation-cum-Public Health.

He said most kutcha and pucca roads, bridges and culverts had been damaged. Revenue agencies had been asked to send a complete list of the loss caused to the crops, fertile land and private property. He said the rain had caused a havoc in all parts of the district but the worst-affected was the Galore belt of the Nadaunta Assembly constituency.

Losses to the standing crop were yet to be estimated as reports were being prepared by patwaris and tehsildars.

Hamirpur town went without drinking water for the second successive day today. No official version about the water shortage was available as officers were on tour to various parts of the district to assess the rain loss to their schemes.

Townsmen have demanded immediate restoration of water supply to the town and other parts of the district. 


HP rain toll rises to 16

Shimla, August 15
Sixteen persons were killed in landslides and floods triggered by incessant rain in Chamba district since last evening, official reports said here today. The killed included two labourers working on the Chamera hydro-electric project on the Ravi. PTI

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